"Filling the Biggest Lumber Order on Record"   Lot no. 691

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By Robert Riggs (1896-1970)

1946 (Estimated)
20.25" x 18.25"
Oil on Paper
Signed Lower Right



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Exhibitions: September 2007: Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

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Robert Riggs was a painter and a lithographer of monumental compositions, yet achieved his effects through meticulous means. In lithography, he worked from black to white, picking out detail with a scraper blade. For color, he used dry tempera mixed with mastic varnish and alcohol, a medium that dried immediately and allowed him to paint over successive layers if necessary.

    Riggs was born in Decatur, Illinois, and studied for two years at James Milliken University in Illinois. He followed this with a year of study at the Art Students League in New York, terminated by two years in the Army during World War I. Following the Armistice, he stayed overseas for several months to study at the Académie Julian in Paris.

   After his return to the United States, Riggs spent several years sketching for the N.W. Ayer & Son advertising agency, and produced many excellent advertising illustrations. Over the years, he was a consistent prize-winner in the annual Art Directors Club shows.

   His simultaneous efforts in the fine art contributed to his success in both fields. His favorite lithographic subjects were the circus and prize fighting; many of his prints are in museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Riggs collected a great many primitive artifacts during extended trips to Europe, North Africa, India, and Thailand, and part of his studio and living quarters housed a personal museum.